Kimberly (Kimbo) Libby Malli
November 10, 1954 - March 6, 2024

Kimberly Libby Malli (1954–2024)

A truly beautiful soul, Kimberly (Kimbo) Libby Malli, 69, of Sneads Ferry, NC, passed away at Onslow Memorial Hospital on March 6, 2024 from natural causes.

Kimberly was born in Watseka, Illinois in 1954 to Clemmons Waterhouse Libby aka “Tate” and Marilyn Jewett Libby. The family relocated back to Essex, CT where both parents were from shortly after her birth. Kim attended Valley Regional High School before studying psychology at Southern Connecticut College.

Kim met the love of her life, James (Jim) Malli in 1972 while working at the Chart House in Newport, RI. Kim had some of her best memories working at the Chart House. She and Jim helped open new locations, met some of their lifelong friends and shared many happy times working for the company. The two quickly became “Kim and Jim” rooming together to the surprise of Kim’s parents. At first meeting, her dad Tate sat “reading the phone book upside down,” not knowing that this would be the beginning of a lifelong love story.

Kim’s daughters, Kristen and Jessica meant the world to her and Kim was proud of her expanding family including two sons-in-law and four grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as “Gramie Kim.”

Kim had many beloved pets but her most recent dog, Bernadette, was a precious joy to her over the last few years.

Kim touched the lives of many people and had connections in several different areas including her birthplace and Essex, CT; Lunenburg, MA where she raised her children; the Wilmington, NC area where she semi-retired; California where she and Jim spent several years as camp hosts at Joshua Tree National Park and Vermont where she and Jim spent several summers. Kim evoked a warm and friendly spirit with her infectious smile, making friends wherever she went.

Kim began her lifelong career in human services at the Sunlight House in Scituate, MA. She was a passionate advocate for developmentally disabled adults and served for many years at the Institute of Professional Practice (IPP) in Fitchburg, MA and RHA/the Harbor in Wilmington, NC. Kim also spent many years as an active member of the Lunenburg United Parish in Lunenburg, MA and helped run the Youth Group there.

Kim had a life full of many passions including hiking, traveling, bird watching, golf and the beach. She was an avid sports fan and spent many hours hollering at the TV watching UConn basketball.

Kim will be remembered for her radiant smile, her kind and generous heart, her sense of humor and her compassion for others. She always looked for the very best in each and every person no matter what. We will look for signs from her as we search for seaglass, if we see a raven or in the daily Wordle game. Kim’s memory will live on in the hearts of all those who loved her.

Kim was preceded in death by her parents Clemmons Waterhouse Libby and Marilyn Jewett Libby and leaves her beloved husband James (Jimbo) Malli of Sneads Ferry, NC; two children, Kristen Garvey and her husband Christopher of Ludlow, VT; Jessica Mercier and her husband Russell of Cypress, TX. She also leaves four dear grandchildren: Aidan Garvey, Cooper Garvey, Beatrice Mercier and Lucille Mercier. She leaves three siblings: Jay Libby and his wife Marge of Locust Grove, VA; Lynn Baker and her partner Maureen of Hooksett, NH; Timatha Ezersky and her husband Ernest of Ludlow, VT. She also leaves her nephew Danny Ezersky and his daughter Ava Libby Ezersky as well as many nieces, nephews and friends who she cared for deeply.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research would be greatly appreciated.

No formal service will be arranged at this time however, at Jim’s request, on April 6th at 5:00 p.m EST, please raise a glass to toast he and Kim’s 50th wedding anniversary. Cheers to a wonderful loving couple and a lifetime of cherished memories.

To express condolences or to share a memory, please do so below.

Coastal Cremations of Jacksonville is serving the family.


  • David Anderson Posted March 11, 2024 4:34 pm

    She was all that and more. Always a smile, so many good times.

  • Lorraine (Somers)Stawicki Posted March 11, 2024 4:57 pm

    Kim! – such a wonderful friend to me and all who knew her! I’ll never forget the fun times during high school hanging out with Kim and the gang – Andy, Will, Chip, Terry, etc. I’m very thankful Kim and I reconnected through messenger not too long ago after not being in touch for decades. We were hoping to visit this summer. I’ll always remember Kim as the kind, compassionate, beautiful soul that she is. We were all blessed to know her and I look forward to seeing her in heaven. Jim, I am setting a timer to join you, and others, on April 6th, 5:00 p.m. to toast your 50th wedding anniversary! Kim was Bob’s and my Maid of Honor almost 51 yrs ago!
    Love, hugs and prayers for comfort, strength and peace to you and all the family.

  • Laura Graves Posted March 11, 2024 9:12 pm

    What a beautiful obituary for a beautiful person. The world truly lost an amazing soul! My deepest condolences to her Jimbo, girls, son in laws, and grand babies. Kimmie was my colleague at IPP, she taught me so much about life and I met my husband because of her. She always kept in touch over the years. She maybe physically gone but she will never be forgotten. Rest in eternal peace, Kimmie.

  • Dani McGrath Posted March 12, 2024 1:17 pm

    My heart goes out to TImmy, Lynn, Jay and the entire Libby, Malli & Ezersky families. Memories of Kim go so far back — Essex Elementary School, junior high.. band.. PF.. VRHS…and all those days at Mile Creek…..I think of more every time I drive down Book Hill Road..

  • Michael Sopkiw Posted March 12, 2024 5:03 pm

    Right behind you, Dani & Lorraine. Elementary school band (or just Jr High?), kickball, adolescent parties on Book Hill.
    Watching her think. Always curious. Last seen in her Joshua Tree years at Will’s.
    Couldn’t say this better: “My heart goes out to TImmy, Lynn, Jay and the entire Libby, Malli & Ezersky families. “

  • Chip Rutan Posted March 12, 2024 6:26 pm

    Such a huge loss. My earliest memories include hanging out with Kim (and Timmy). The Libby household was always a short walk up Book Hill Road where we all spent many hours – sometimes not getting into trouble. The house may no longer be there, but as Dani said, I think of those times whenever I drive by. Wishing peace to Kim’s family and others who were close to her.

  • Doug Paul Posted March 13, 2024 11:56 am

    Kim’s write-up captures her so well—— “warm and friendly spirit…”,. A lot of early elementary school memories with Kim from when our families ( and the Routan’s and others) hung out at Mile Creek together for many, many extended summer days and evenings. And who could forget Valley Regional and Book Hill? I’m on Book Hill fairly often, and like Dani and Chip, always think of Kim and all the good times there when drIrving by where her house once was. I saw Kim about 8 (?) years ago at a Chester Chart House reunion—- was great to reconnect after not having crossed paths for many years. All the best to the Libby, Mali and Ezersky families.

  • Terry Jacome Posted March 13, 2024 5:52 pm

    “Warm and friendly spirit” for sure! What a high school tribe we were with so many great memories as Lorraine said…a few years ago I messaged her a picture of the inscription she wrote to me in a book of poems by Leonard Cohen…only been dragging that around for 50+ years!! And then the Chart House years..Sending heartfelt condolences to Jim, Timmy and the family that loved her so much.

  • Gary haney Posted March 30, 2024 11:42 am

    Just heard of Kim’s passing today.a big loss.i remember Kim as being a fun person and a good athlete. Sorry to all about Kim’s passing

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